A state of emergency has been declared in four Florida counties — Miami-Dade, Hillsborough, Lee, and Santa Rosa — after nine people were diagnosed with the Zika virus. While the nine people are believed to have contracted the virus while out of the country, Florida’s governor, Rick Scott, said he wants the state to be on high alert.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Monday that the Zika virus is a public health emergency of international concern, as it is suspected of causing significant birth defects. The designation is only the fourth one ever to be made by the WHO and paves the way to increase funding and manpower to stop the spread of the virus, which has already made its way to the United States. But while the WHO struggles to find a way to contain the virus, some contend that the 2001 worldwide ban on DDT for agricultural uses has allowed mosquito-borne pathogens such as this to run rampant and that the ban should be permanently lifted.
Planned Parenthood took a major hit in 2015 with the release by the biotechnology company Center for Medical Progress (CMP) of several undercover videos in which officials of the abortion provider discussed with actors hired by CMP the sale of aborted babies' body parts. Now Planned Parenthood is striking back with a lawsuit against CMP.
Last month, a lab research team at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System released the findings of its study on e-cigarettes, wherein the researchers prematurely concluded that e-cigarettes are “no better than regular cigarettes,” provoking criticism from doctors and other scientists. In response to the outcry against the study, the lead scientist has issued a correction clarifying that the study did not find that e-cigarette vapor was as harmful as cigarette smoke, and that the media misrepresented the study.
There is perhaps no better proof of the federal government’s collusion with Big Pharma than the government’s crusade against "vaping" — inhaling or exhaling the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette. Testimony from experts reveals that vaping is less harmful than smoking and can be an effective tool in helping smokers kick the habit. As such, it poses a competitive threat to pharmaceutical companies that produce drugs which are alleged to achieve the same result. Hence, federal agencies have targeted vaping, even funding studies to distort the facts.
A newly released study from a lab research team at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System is the latest example of the government’s propaganda against vaping.
Throughout the congressional debate over whether taxpayer dollars should continue to fund Planned Parenthood, proponents claimed that not doing so would deny women across the country access to quality healthcare. However, according to the abortion giant's own recently released 2014-15 annual report covering its activities, it provided fewer healthcare services to fewer patients than the year before, while still continuing to abort over 300,000 babies annually.